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I love sewing with knit fabrics, and even more so I love wearing knit fabric clothing! To get ready for the bright and colorful season ahead I sewed a complete outfit that can take me from day until night all using Nancy’s Notions Bare Knits fabric. Check out to see how I sewed my garments and styled them taking me from daytime cool to nighttime hot!

the plan

I chose three of our BurdaStyle.com patterns to make an outfit that is transitional, springy, and most importantly will work with jersey fabrics. I knew I wanted to make a three piece suit and it all starting off with this jersey blazer pattern that I sewed in this white cotton rib knit. The white jersey was a perfect match for the blazer, but I wanted to infuse some color in the outfit so I decided to make our paneled pencil skirt in which I paneled together the same white cotton rib knit, tangerine cotton poly rib knit, and jade cotton poly rib knit. Nancy’s Notions cotton rib knits are a great medium weight jersey perfect for jackets, dresses and skirts, but it was a little to thick for my Sadie under tank which I sewed in their super soft jade cotton poly interlock knit. The best part of their Bare Knits’ fabrics is that the colors are always dyed to be a perfect color match to the corresponding fabric, so my interlock jade tank perfectly matched my cotton rib knit jade paneled in the skirt!

prep

We all know there is a bunch of preparation steps to garment making before we start sewing and these projects were no different. I always find the more time and care I put into the preparation of a garment the better it turns out… The tank was easy I simply just cut the front and back out of the jade interlock and remember that this particular Sadie tank pattern has seam allowance included! On the skirt pattern you have to trace out the mid-bottom panel of the skirt with tracing paper, and interface facing pieces 7 & 8 with interlock interfacing like this. Then with the blazer remember that there are other pattern modes on the PDF so I traced out the shorter hemline. I also decided to omit the pocket pieces on the blazer as well as the sleeve and back hem vents, I wanted to keep this blazer a quick, sleek, and easy sew project. The facing piece also needs to be interfaced with the same interlock interfacing. It is important to use stretch tricot interfacing when working with jersey, because you don’t want to loose the stretch in the fabric!

sewing one

Sewing the tank was a snap! I simply just serged the side seams and shoulder seams together and then turned the neckline, armhole, and hem allowances to the inside and coverstitched into place. If you don’t have a coverstitch machine a twin needle, stretch stitch or zig zag stitch would work perfectly.

The skirt was also a simple sew. I first assembled the panels in the front of the skirt and then the back pieces. I serged the back pieces to the front along the side seams still leaving the center back seam open for the zipper insertion. Then I stitched all the facing pieces together at the side seams and sew them as a whole to the top waistline edge of the skirt. Once the facing was sewn in place I sewed the semi-exposed plastic zipper into place with the facing folded back at the top of the center back seam. But before I stitched the zipper in permanently, I pinned in place to determine where I zipper would end so I could mark the foldline of my hem.

The blazer was the trickiest to sew, but ended up looking great! First I assembled the front section seams of the front and the back then serged the shoulder seam together of the blazer and the facings but before I stitched the facing to the blazer I sewed the collar pieces together and slipped them right side out. I sandwiched the finished collar piece in-between the facing and blazer at the front notch marking on the pattern piece. For the side seams I had to finished the back hem edge of the back piece so I could sew the front facing up around my back side seam to make a clean edge.

pen

For all the markings on my pieces I used Nancy’s Notions wonderful new fabric marking Extra Fine Point Erasable Gel Pens. Let me just say these are AMAZING! I have been waiting for a fabric marking tool like this that totally disappears from your fabric, and just from the heat and steam of your iron. I used these pens to mark my buttonholes, darts, and notches. They came completely out of my fabric, even the white jersey which I was a little nervous to mark up.

business day

Here is my final outfit styled for a busy and productive day at work. All the garments work so well together and I love the classic neutral blazer paired with a matching fashion pencil skirt and basic tank. This is definitely your classic business suit turned up a style notch! Here I paired with a nice low heel black pump with matching glasses and a an oversized bag for all my files (sewing patterns). The best part of this outfit I must say is the comfort since everything is sewn in jersey! Then when my work day is done and I am ready for some after work fun, I can simply change a few accessories and I am ready for the night…

night

To define my waist for the night I put on a belt with some hardware and of course slipped into a shimmery pair of heels. These heels also pick up on the jade tones in my outfit. The basic tank neckline shape is great for showing off a dangly pair of earrings and then the basic clutch pulled everything together. I am a fan of not getting too matchy-matchy with my accessories to my outfit… that is why I tend to lean towards black, gold, or silver accessories even when the outfit is colorful. I’ll only utilize colorful accessories when my outfit is neutral, but since I wanted the colors and paneling in my outfit to be the feature I went with neutral accents and I like the black for nighttime. I wouldn’t keep my white blazer too far away since it can get cooler at night in the spring and summer, but I would wear over my shoulders for a trendy look.

This outfit was a success and I loved working with these Bare Knits fabrics.

comment to win

I just can’t get over these awesome fabric marking gel pens, and will forever use them to mark my button holes as the pen marks disappear from the fabric even after I stitch my buttonhole! See more pictures of my Jersey Suit here.

TWO lucky BurdaStylers will get a pack of these wonderful gel pens when they answer the following question for a Comment to Win… simply tell us in the comment section of this blog post What jersey sewing pattern are you most excited to sew for spring, and in which color? This comment to win is open to ALL our members. We will choose the winners who post their comment before this Thursday April 24th at 11:59PM EST.

This post was sponsored by Nancy’s Notions.
Happy Sewing!

Meg

39 Comments

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    Apr 25, 2014, 04.11 PMby burdastyle

    Thanks everyone for the input! The two winners have been selected and we will be in contact with them soon.

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    Apr 24, 2014, 09.16 PMby arjedre

    I have loved every version I’ve seen of the Diagonal Lines Dress 02/2012 (#117B) – the dress version of your pattern here. I’m a little worried I’ll end up looking like a 1980s time traveler in it, but I definitely want to give it a run.

    By the way, it looks like those pens are the Pilot FriXion pens. (widely available) Weirdly enough, I just heard some other people recommending them this week for sewing.

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    Apr 24, 2014, 07.55 PMby fionajk42

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    Apr 24, 2014, 02.27 AMby karey

    The information about stretch interfacing is most useful, however the Jacket instructions also say to use stretch lining, but neither you nor the instructions explain what you can use for this. Can you tell us what you used, or provide advice about appropriate linings for stretch fabrics?

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    Apr 24, 2014, 01.36 AMby doni26101

    Interesting choice of colors.

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    Apr 24, 2014, 01.05 AMby Maralaa Milky

    super

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    Apr 23, 2014, 11.41 PMby Tiffany Thornton

    Love the pattern, and I love knits! Super cute

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    Apr 23, 2014, 09.27 PMby ladyreed

    I love this jersey jacket. It seems perfect for comfortable but professional office wear.

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    Apr 23, 2014, 05.45 AMby Melissa Paruzel

    Gorgeous. I love what you did to them though I’d skip the jacket myself. Living in a tropical country means I can ended up being over dressed irregardless the fact the jacket is a knit. Good to know the tricot interface stops the knit from over stretching.

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    Apr 23, 2014, 03.43 AMby mtmickey

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    Apr 23, 2014, 02.07 AMby Marcia-Monica

    I love the jacket. I would do it in jade, but instead of the ribknit, I would use the Bare Knits cotton/poly interlock – the cotton for a cooler wearing experience. I love using the Bare Knits from Nancy’s Notions. I’ve been making my own underwear and camis from this marvelous fabric.

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    Apr 23, 2014, 02.05 AMby Brenda Green

    Love the skirt and the colors.

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    Apr 23, 2014, 02.02 AMby nadia r

    it looks amazing, love the color blocking, thank you for the instructions! x

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    Apr 23, 2014, 12.07 AMby Samantha Chenoweth

    The Jersey Blazer in the craziest print I can get my hands on _

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    Apr 22, 2014, 09.09 PMby Lalita Mann

    I am in the process of losing a ton of weight (currently down 30 pounds, woo!) and as it’s my birthday in just over a month, I was going to make a sexy jersey dress to celebrate both :). I love this little number http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/jersey-cowl-dress-plus-size-072013 and I think it would look stunning in this royal crosshatch ITY fabric (http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/royal+crosshatch+ity+knit+fabric.do?sortby=ourPicks) :)

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    Apr 22, 2014, 09.08 PMby Donnafd

    I love the skirt in your bright colors but I would probably do it in black!

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    Apr 22, 2014, 07.12 PMby koot2001

    The asymmetrical Jersey Top 01/2014 #122 in B/W stripes (I know, not very original) or red/white stripes, or in an interesting print in spring colors.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 07.11 PMby koot2001

    The asymmetrical Jersey Top 01/2014 #122 in B/W stripes (I know, not very original) or red/white stripes, or in an interesting print in spring colors.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 07.03 PMby wandapresleygmailcom

    I absolutely love this suit! My signature outfit will have the paneled pencil skirt (2/2012 #121A) in Royal, Sunflower and White Bare Knits Cotton Interlock Fabric, with a Royal tank and White jacket. Not only does this suit go easily from day to night, it travels well and the pieces complement almost everything in my wardrobe! The erasable gel pens will certainly ease the construction of ‘my new favourite outfit’!

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    Apr 22, 2014, 06.30 PMby Technomage

    I want to make the Glitter Knotted Jersey Shirt 05/2014 #129, as I live in casual knits. Will probably do a non-glitter version, though. I love, love, love the neckline exposing the collarbone. So classy.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 06.22 PMby RoniBarr

    Always a fan of knits, I’ve never even thought of doing a blazer in a knit. Your blazer is so beautiful and inspiring – it really makes me want to sew one up in a bright coral or a bazooka pink for the warm months ahead. :)

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    Apr 22, 2014, 05.40 PMby ElisevD

    Great combination of colours! I love the dress version of this skirt (Diagonal Lines Dress 02/2012 #117B). I’ve sewn it in fuchsia, dark purple, black and grey. I used punto di roma fabric. For the next dress, I would love to sew the Princess Seam Dress (05/2014 #114A) when I find the right fabric (mint green, dark green, Coral or red). The pattern is not for a jersey, but when sewing with punto di roma and a non-stretch pattern it works for me to make it a size smaller than I would have with a non-stretch fabric.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 05.31 PMby MargeR

    Since I’m a novice @ sewing knits and live in the desert SW, I’d love to try the Sadie Tank in turquoise or yellow. I’ve just discovered these fabulous pens and will be purchasing them soon!

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    Apr 22, 2014, 05.24 PMby keenjoy

    I really like the blazer. As I am a large size, I would lengthen it and make it in black and bright blue.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 05.24 PMby keenjoy

    I really like the blazer. As I am a large size, I would lengthen it and make it in black and bright blue.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 05.20 PMby ChrisF75

    Definitely a must have in my wardrobe. I love the versatiltity. of it.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 04.46 PMby Katy Robinson

    I like the floral jersey shirt, but I think I would do it in coral or chartreuse, yellow:) maybe both!

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    Apr 22, 2014, 04.44 PMby WildforTextiles

    Hi. Thanks for a great post of your project! I am inspired!

    When I saw the Diagonal Lines Dress #117 (2/12) I purchased some lovely knit fabrics in black, grey, pink and teal (!) but it’s all still sitting there. Maybe I’ll just make up the skirt as you have from the same collection. Also, I love the way your jacket (4/14) turned out – in a knit. Though I have a serger, I really haven’t delved into sewing knits, beyond leggings for my daughter. OK, another dress that I am coveting is the Animal Print Dress (133B) or the 3/4 Sleeve Dress (133A) from 11/13. I bought a black ponte with a gold/copper print to tackle one of those… still unmade, but now back in my imagination… Finally, I have a lovely teal wool knit for the Designer Exclusive Wrap Dress (for which the link no longer seems to work on Burdastyle.com) from 6/11. Maybe now is a good time to challenge myself to master working with knit fabrics! Thanks again.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 04.38 PMby tedhines

    I would like to try this outfit subbing black for your orange block in skirt and adding a black blazer to switch with the white. Looks great!

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    Apr 22, 2014, 04.33 PMby rrobinson

    I can’t wait to try this project! The options are endless; color, embellishments, accessories. The marking pens can only make it easier. I am heading to the fabric store as soon as I log off. Can’t wait.

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